The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomed noted psychologist and professor Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., to Nova Southeastern University as part of the college's 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series. She delivered a talk titled "Memory Under the Influence."
Loftus is a psychologist and noted expert on human memory. For the last 30 years, her research has focused on the malleability of memory. She has been recognized for this work with six honorary doctorates and election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. She is past president of the Association for Psychological Science, the Western Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society.
Loftus has contributed her expertise to hundreds of cases, including McMartin Preschool molestation; Hillside Strangler; Abscam; Oliver North; Menendez brothers; Oklahoma City bombing; the trial of the officers accused in the Rodney King beating; Bosnian War trials in the Hague; and litigation involving Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, and the Duke University lacrosse players.
A distinguished professor at the University of California-Irvine, Loftus holds faculty positions in three departments (Psychology and Social Behavior; Criminology, Law, and Society; and Cognitive Sciences), and in the School of Law. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She has published 22 books (including the award-winning Eyewitness Testimony) and more than 500 scientific articles.
In 2002, Loftus was 58th in a list of the 100 most influential researchers in psychology in the 20th Century and the highest-ranked woman on the list.
As part of the college mission to prepare students for rich professional careers and active citizenship, the college frames co-curricular programs and experiences around a broad annual theme that unites our community in interdisciplinary exploration. The academic theme for the 2011-2012 school year is "Truth and Power." Loftus was the fourth of the distinguished speakers for the year to address this theme.